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Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultation there has been on the revised rules under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 (Information) Order 2002; and what estimate he has made of (a) the additional time it will take for airlines to collect the data from passengers and (b) the potential delays caused by this procedure. 
Mr. Blunkett: Following the issue of a consultation document in March this year, two rounds of consultation meetings between Home Officials and representatives of the air and sea industries took place between April and July and in August. A third round is scheduled to run from 22 October to 14 November.
In addition, I met representatives of the industries on 11 July and my hon. Friend the Minister of State (Beverley Hughes) met them on 16 October, keeping our commitment to ensure that representatives of the industry have access to Ministers.
These meetings have considered all the issues relevant to implementation, including how best to keep potential costs and delays to a minimum, while ensuring we are doing everything possible to disrupt and deter potential terrorists.
Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 24 June from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Amir Chaudhry; 
Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 5 August from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Amanat Vilah. 
Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the hon. Member for West Worcestershire will receive answers to his letters of 28 August and 24 June about Ms Jackie Neilson. 
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the considerable delay in responding to the issues he has raised; however, I can confirm that the constituent on whose behalf he contacted me was informed of the outcome of her application for a work permit on 14 August.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has considered the prospect of floating coastal accommodation centres for asylum seekers, and the cost and other implications thereof; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: Site searching has continued as we said it would when we announced our shortlist for Accommodation Centre sites on 14 May. We have not ruled out the possibility of using floating accommodation centres for asylum seekers.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress is being made to establish a system enabling the Home Office to identify the whereabouts of every asylum seeker during the period from application to final determination. 
Beverley Hughes: We are making improvements in contact management as detailed in the current Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill. This states that asylum seekers in the proposed Accommodation Centres may be required to report daily within the Centre. We will seek to maintain contact with those asylum seekers who are dispersed. Those who do not require the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) accommodation will also be required to report. During
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the induction process asylum seekers will be informed of their obligations to provide up to date address details and to report as required. Provision of support will be conditional on complying with these requirements.
The Immigration Service will manage the contact process actively. There are eight designated reporting centres which have been established throughout the country to assist in managing these reporting regimes. Contact management will be further enhanced by the use of a mobile reporting centre, by immigration staff using specified police stations for reporting and by visiting asylum seekers at their accommodation.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the latest estimated cost is of (a) building and (b) staffing the proposed pilot accommodation centres for asylum seekers. 
Beverley Hughes: I refer the hon. Member to the reply my hon. Friend the member for Wallasey (Angela Eagle) gave to the hon. Member for Mid Worcestershire (Peter Luff) on 8 March 2002, Official Report, column 595W.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how may applications for asylum from Iraq were received in the first two quarters of 2002; how many were rejected; how many are subject to appeal; and how many removals have taken place. 
|Applications Received||Total Initial Decisions||Recognised as a refugee and granted asylum||Not recognised as a refugee but granted exceptional leave||Refusals|
|Quarter 1 2002||2,840||2,535||220||1,430||890|
|Quarter 2 2002||3,420||2,545||195||1,775||575|
(8) Figures rounded to the nearest five.
(9) Decision figures do not necessarily relate to applications received in the same period.
|Principal applicants removed||Dependants removed||Total asylum seekers removed|
|July 2001 to June|
Provisional data, rounded to the nearest five.
(10) Includes persons departing ''voluntarily'' after enforcement action had been initiated against them and persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes run by the International Organisation for Migration.
Information on the number of asylum seekers removed in the third quarter (July to September) of 2002 will be published on 29 November on the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.
Beverley Hughes: It is open to applicants to change their representatives or counsel at any time, as they are engaged by the applicant and not allocated by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND). IND caseworkers are allocated according to the needs of the business, and it would not be open to the applicant to request a change, save in the most exceptional circumstances.
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